In response to House budget proposals released yesterday, protesters in Olympia kicked off a week of rallies against cuts to state services.
The protest of the day Tuesday, sponsored by the Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, featured a staged marriage between Washington politicians and corporations and a rallying cry that has become a familiar fixture of groups protesting in Olympia this year: fund state services and end tax breaks for big business.
Nicole Miller, a coalition member and a leader of the rally, said the group wanted state lawmakers to make more of an effort to raise revenue this year.
Miller acknowledged that ending tax exemptions could be difficult under Initiative 1053, which requires a two-thirds majority of the Legislature or a vote of the people to raise taxes, but she said she would rather see lawmakers bring bills to close tax loopholes up for a vote and fail than avoid the issue altogether.
“We want to see lawmakers work on closing them rather than just throwing up their hands,” she said.